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Tangent draws large crowd for 45th senior dinner

Posted on: December 11, 2017

On Friday, Tangent Elementary held its 45th annual senior dinner. Held in the school cafeteria, the event is put on each year by the Tangent parents. The “Seniors” are the grandparents and great-grandparents of the students as well as some of the “mature” people in the community.

Cafeteria set-up is done the day before by the custodian, parents, and the fifth graders. All classrooms contributed hand-made art for the decorations. Poinsettias were donated by a local nursery.

Most of the food was prepared by the district food service department and delivered to the school. Volunteers prepared individual plates and served them to each student and guest. Some students sat with their grandparents or great-grandparents. Others sat with the senior guests.

After dinner, the students sang several songs in a combined choir led by music teacher Serianna Rosberg.

It was a full house. In addition to the nearly 170 students, there were approximately 120 senior guests and dozens of volunteers and staff members.

Albany Public Schools Foundation Grant Awarded

Posted on: December 8, 2017

The Albany Public Schools Foundation announced the winners of the 2017 classroom grants. We are excited to announce that Mrs. Johnson, our AMAZING P.E. teacher, wrote the grant that awarded Tangent $746 for “Engaging Movement Games”! The following is an excerpt from her grant that explains the games in a bit more detail:

“One of the five pillars of the GAPS District is that there are “schools who produce good citizens.” This is defined as students who are mentally and physically healthy, as well as schools that have an inclusive community where all people are valued. Everyday, I hope to create a PE program that meets those goals plus more. I strive to choose games and activities that are geared towards inclusivity along with a focus on teamwork, the following request is for equipment that will allow my students to experience and participate in games whose overarching themes are just that. The games I am hoping to introduce to my students are Tchoukball (pronounced “chuke-ball”) and Sabakiball. Tchoukball is a combination of team handball and basketball. The origin of the sport hails from northern Europe and the game continues to be very popular in many Asian and European countries today. Sabaki is a Japanese verb meaning to move or maneuver. Sabakiball is gaining popularity around the United States and also has a large international following. Sabakiball has a great focus on teamwork because the rules of the game benefit teams who pass the ball amongst all their players (a minimum of three passes must occur prior to a shot on the goal). ”

Mrs. J’s grant request was partially funded by the awarded grant and the remaining costs are going to be covered by other accounts. She is hoping to put the order in soon so that we can play these fun and engaging group games in PE!

(Primary funding for the Classroom Grant Program comes from three Albany Public School Foundation events: iSwim for Kids, iCelebrate Kids Benefit Gala and the iRun for Kids race.)

Albany Public Schools Foundation funds more than $37,000 in classroom grants

Posted on: November 28, 2017

Albany Public Schools Foundation announced classroom grant awards for 67 projects, totaling $37,683. The annual awards provide funds to enhance classroom projects and educational experiences.

APSF raises money every year to support GAPS schools through the annual iSwim, iRun and iCelebrate Gala fundraisers.

Any teacher in the district can apply for a classroom grant. This year, there were 79 proposals for projects including electronics, robotics, art, reading music and PE.

See the list of grant awards. 
Read more about Albany Public Schools Foundation.

Pie in the face!

Posted on: November 23, 2017

During our Color Run fundraising event, our brave, fun, and adventurous Principal Rayburn made a dangerous deal with our students. A little public humiliation proved to be a big motivator in raising funds for our school and Ms. Rayburn was a great sport about what the students chose as their form of entertainment. It really started off the Thanksgiving holiday in a big way for our students! Thank you Ms. Rayburn for being such a great sport and motivating our students to achieve goals everyday!